The world is showing a revived interest in thermonuclear synthesis, which can resolve mankind's energy problems, Academician Vladimir Fortov told the Tuesday session of the presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences. One reason is the forecasted depletion of even such sources of energy as gas by the middle of our century, as well as the threat of the hothouse effect.
The chief merit of the thermonuclear reactor are the actually inexhaustible reserves of primary materials, stressed Fortov. They are mostly hydrogen isotopes, contained in water. Among the other merits are accident-free operation and lack of attraction for terrorists. Such a power plant can be located inside an even densely populated area, or virtually anywhere because large amounts of primary materials do not have to be brought in.
Valentin Smirnov, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, of the Kurchatov Institute spoke about international cooperation in creating the first-ever International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, ITER. The project, which was born at the USSR initiative back in 1988, now involves Russia, Europe, Canada and Japan. The United States bowed out several years ago but is eyeing the possibility of coming back, said Smirnov. China and South Korea are also showing interest.
The discovery of the submarine has unveiled a few "inconsistencies." For example, how can one explain the fact that the sub was found where it needed to be searched for from the start?
When on a state visit to Singapore, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to revisit the discussion of the 1956 Declaration between the USSR and Japan regarding the issue of the peace treaty with Japan
The TurkStream, which runs along the bottom of the Black Sea from Russia's Anapa to Turkey, will consist of two lines, each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas a year